It was midmorning on a Monday when magic walked into my life wearing a beige Ann Taylor suit and sensible flats.
The woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.
I preordered the ebook a few weeks back and I was very excited when The Winter Long showed up in my Kindle app the other day. However I had not read more than about a page, when I realised that something was wrong and I realised that normally I read this series as audiobooks. I was missing Kowal’s narration enough to go buy more credits on audible.com and grab the audiobook version. The book was just wrong without the voices. Especially Tybalt just isn’t the same without it. So after getting the audiobook, this was a great read!
Title: Chicks in Chainmail
Editor: Esther M. Friesner
Short story anthology
Genre: Humor, fantasy, portal fantasy, magic realism, feminism, fairytale, historical fantasy, fairytales, metafiction, mythology, high fantasy, epic fantasy,
I just got Chicks in Chainmail in the mail today, I ordered it after reading Tansy Rayner Roberts great post On Influence. I wanted to read some of the older works in the genre (this is 20 years old by now) so I decided to order it. I am reading the stories as part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.
Don’t let the cover fool you, this is a feminist book, but it is is feminism with a big smile on it’s face and a wink. It is clever and it is funny.
Title: The Enchantment Emporium
Author: Tanya Huff
Series: Gale Women
Published: 2009 by DAW
Read: 2 times. Once in December 07 to 08, 2010 and the second time January 18 to 20 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
This is definitely a hidden gem. I have never heard anyone discuss it and I found it by accident browsing Audible. I had not read anything by Tanya Huff before but I know that she is getting recognition in the community – she won the Auroras Award for Best Novel 2013 for The Silvered and after reading this book I want to read more of her. I read The Enchantment Emporium back in 2010 and last week I picked up the second book in Audible, but after listening to the first hour I realised that I had to re-hear the first book to get anything out of the second on (I was ill as well so that didn’t help my memory).
As I have explained earlier why I like stories of the fay, but to restate it: The fay stories I like are the stories where the fae are not just beautiful glittering laughing creature – they are that but they are also seducers of the worst kind. The kind that will lead you into your own death and you will go with a big smile on your face. And you will go willingly. I like the stories of the fay court, of fay interacting with the real world. I like stories both of mundane people dealing with the fay and stories told by changelings and fay. Stories of the fay are quite often also stories about sex so there are quite a few of the stories here that have elements of erotica in them as well as non-vanilla sex.
I don’t know why I didn’t write a review, when I read this book because enjoyed it enough to go back and listen to all the earlier books in the series again.